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22 October 2020.

La Tania, Skiing & Snowbo...

Set in the forest between Courchevel and Meribel, La Tania is as good a base camp as any for accessing the vast Les Trois Vallees ski area. The peaceful village offers quieter slopes than its larger neighbours and possibly a more pleasant environment for those who like to ride on-piste un-harassed by whiz kids and menopausal maniacs dressed up as jesters. The riding above La Tania is marginally more suitable for intermediates and above. However, it is reasonably good for beginners and due to its relative quietness and a first rate ski school proves very popular with families.

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Beginner

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Although from La Tania beginners do not have such easy access to the numerous wide open green runs found in Meribel or Courchevel they will be able to learn the basic skills required in the dedicated nursery area with its free lift before venturing further afield. The level of instruction here is excellent and beginners in the safe competent hands of skilled teachers tend to progress quickly. And in no time at all will be venturing farther up the mountain.

Intermediate

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Intermediates will love this place, being able to choose a different direction to head off in each day, blasting along on the wide open blue runs and testing their abilities on the numerous reds especially those down through the trees to 1550, Le Praz and La Tania. You can test yourself against the clock and try to make it up to the glacier at Val Thorens in time for lunch and back at least to the summit of the Col de la Loze before the last lift of the day. After all it’s all about adventure.

Advanced

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Crossing the metre wide track with Courchevel a 2000 meter drop on your right and Meribel the same on your left (or so it can seem – particularly in bad weather when you really can’t see beyond a few meters) you gain access to the three infamous couloirs, the best known being the Grand Couloir. These couloirs might have built up a bit of a reputation for themselves but they are by no means the most fearsome couloirs on the planet or even in this area. In fact a strong intermediate would be able to ride the Grand Couloir in most conditions. Although I must warn you; as with many couloirs entry can often involve a bit of a drop in, which can make things a little sketchy in hard conditions. Courchevel and Les Trois Vallees are an advanced rider’s paradise. There are considerable challenges both on and off-piste. Don’t forget to venture to the outer reaches of this vast area.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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Freestyle aficionados’ will love Les Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) with almost more parks than piste. Not quite but there are a few, two of the best being the Moon and Plattieres parks in the Meribel valley. Pipes, kickers, rails and skier/boardercross courses are all on offer. Fill your boots.